Public Spend Forum Technology Symposium Next Week

Next week, our friends at Public Spend Forum (PSF) in the US are holding the first Public Procurement Technology Symposium in Washington DC on October 18th. The event runs from noon to 5pm (east coast time) at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Penn Ave (as we locals call it) …

It is presented by Public Spend Forum, Michigan State University, NIGP, IBM Center for the Business of Government and Spend Matters US, and thanks go to sponsors Amazon Business, Coupa, Ivalua and SAP Ariba. This is what Raj Sharma, founder of PSF says about the event.

“Governments around the world spend nearly $10 trillion to buy goods and services. Increasingly, they are looking to technology as the way to go beyond step changes to transform every process, from visualizing spending and researching markets, to engaging with suppliers and managing performance. Blockchain, AI, bots...these are not buzzwords anymore...they are actually being applied as we speak.

Public Spend Forum, in collaboration with our partners, is bringing together government leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders on how procurement technology is disrupting the procurement process and driving rapid change that enables government to deliver better services, allows new and existing suppliers to compete more effectively and ultimately taxpayers who stand to get a more effective government”.

I’m personally disappointed not to be there, as the event has attracted a lot of interest from senior US government folk and even internationally – Tania Ghossein from World Bank is talking about the role of tech in public procurement across the world, for instance.  Jason Busch and Pierre Mitchell from Spend Matters are on the agenda too, talking about disruptive procurement technologies, as well as several case studies from leading practitioners representing various US states and counties.

If you can’t make it in person – and let’s face it, not too many of our European readers will – you can register free for “online attendance”. I’m not totally sure what this means yet, to be honest, whether it includes live streaming or just access to material, but no harm in doing that if you are interested in this topic.


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